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New Mentor 5: ‘More performance, more accessible’

New Mentor 5: ‘More performance, more accessible’

Nova have officially announced the release of the new Mentor 5, their benchmark EN B paraglider designed for cross country flying. They say the wing, which as an EN B is bracketed in the ‘Standard Class’, will be more accessible to more pilots, stating, “the excellent performance is easily accessible”. They say they have achieved […]

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Gavin McClurg’s Big Weekend: UK Tour, 6-9 April 2017

Gavin McClurg’s Big Weekend: UK Tour, 6-9 April 2017

Adventure athlete and paraglider pilot Gavin McClurg will be touring the UK in partnership with Cross Country Magazine over one long weekend in April. He will be giving two talks and screening ‘North of Known’, the award-winning paragliding adventure film documenting his and Dave Turner’s epic trip across the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider. […]

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50 Years of Hang Gliding with Bill Moyes

50 Years of Hang Gliding with Bill Moyes

Bill Moyes is a legend in hang gliding. Vicki Cain writes: “I’m super proud to release this tribute video to my dad Bill Moyes, which has been put together by the awesome Tony Ritter with collaboration from a number of amazing people including my sister Debra Gray, Lukas Bader, nephew Ben Harris (Bill’s #1 Grandson) […]

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Video Q&A: Paragliding through Iran with Nick Greece

Video Q&A: Paragliding through Iran with Nick Greece

US team pilot Nick Greece has released a brilliant video from a paragliding and paramotoring trip to Iran Nick, it’s a beautiful video. When did you go to Iran? October of 2015. What was it like? It was fantastic flying with big air, incredible culture, inspiring hospitality, glorious food, immense sites of antiquity over 2,000 […]

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Parafest 2017: tickets on sale

Parafest 2017: tickets on sale

Tickets for the UK’s Parafest 2017 went on sale at the end of January. The paragliding, hang gliding and PPG festival takes place in Caerwys, North Wales, from 30 June to 2 July 2017. There is an on-site launch field for PPGs and powered hang gliders, and free-flight sites close by. Everyone is hoping for plenty of in-air action, […]

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Advance Bipro 3 tandem harness

Advance Bipro 3 tandem harness

Advance will be launching their new tandem paraglider harness, the Bipro 3, in April 2017. Designed as a functional and practical everyday harness for tandem pilots, it has V-legpads for good leg support and the mobility required for a comfortable seated position behind the passenger. Advance say the Bipro 3 is robustly built, and Advance’s Easy Fold system – a hinge seam with a pronounced […]

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Jouni Makkonen wins Bright Paragliding Open 2017

Jouni Makkonen wins Bright Paragliding Open 2017

David Snowden, Australian Squad Manager, reports from the big skies of Australia The sky above the Ovens and Kewa Valleys was lit up with the spectacle of over 100 paragliders competing in the Bright Open and Pre Paragliding World Cup during January 2017. Pilots travelled in from as far as the UK, Finland, Korea, USA, […]

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Bstoked Paragliding: seeking hosts

Bstoked Paragliding: seeking hosts

Paragliding.bstoked.net are looking for hosts to register with them, and offering a prize for the best ‘experience’ offered. The new online platform is backed by Portuguese champion Nuno Virgílio. It’s an online meeting place for travelling paraglider pilots and potential hosts worldwide. The original Bstoked.net was set up for kitesurfers in early 2015, and the team say it has been a great success. A […]

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PWC Superfinal 2016: Aaron Durogati and Seiko Fukuoka win!

PWC Superfinal 2016: Aaron Durogati and Seiko Fukuoka win!

Aaron Durogati and Seiko Fukuoka won the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2016, which took place in Governador Valadares, Brazil, from 17-28 January 2017. A record ten tasks, ranging in distance from 79.4km to 112.4km, were held in the competition whose weather was described as “perfect”. Adrian Hachen (CH) was second, like Aaron also on a GIN Boomerang 11, and Charles Cazaux (FR) […]

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Flyafrica.ie: Ireland to Africa by paramotor

Flyafrica.ie: Ireland to Africa by paramotor

Oisín Creagh flew his paramotor from Ireland to Africa in August / September 2016, to raise awareness and funds for an African charity. His expedition has earned him a nomination for an award with Ireland’s Outsider magazine – the winners will be announced on 2 February 2016. The Irishman, who was dubbed ‘lawnmower man’ by Irish newspapers, planned and executed […]

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Sol Atmus 2: low-EN B paraglider

Sol Atmus 2: low-EN B paraglider

  The Atmus 2 is Sol’s latest EN-B paraglider, suitable for beginners and pilots moving up to the EN-B class. It will also suit occasional pilots in search of an excellent balance of easy flying characteristics with increased performance and high passive safety, Sol say. This second iteration of the Atmus is a bit lighter than […]

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Forbes Flatlands 2017: Jonny Durand wins for 7th time

Forbes Flatlands 2017: Jonny Durand wins for 7th time

Jonny Durand won the Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championships 2017 – his seventh Forbes victory!  The Australian competition took place from 30 December 2016 to 6 January 2017, in conditions described as “tremendous” by the organisers. Six good tasks were run, ranging from 139km to 226.6km. Gerolf Heinrichs came second and Andre Wolf third, and the top […]

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Ozone Chabre Open 2017: registration opens 19 Feb

Ozone Chabre Open 2017: registration opens 19 Feb

The 2017 Ozone Chabre Open will take place in Laragne-Monteglin, southern France, from 1-7 July 2017.  Registration opens at flylaragne.com at 18.00 GMT (that’s 19.00 central European time) on Sunday 19 February. Organisers expect more applicants than there are places, and being among the first 125 to register will not necessarily secure you a place. Our aim is […]

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GIN Wide Open: Registration opens 29 Jan 2017

GIN Wide Open: Registration opens 29 Jan 2017

The 2017 GIN Wide Open friendly paragliding competition will be held in Krushevo, Macedonia, from 5-12 August. Online registration starts on 29 January and stays open for one week. However, the competition is always oversubscribed, and organisers warn that not all applicants will get a place. GWO’s Toby Colombé says: In recent years the GIN Wide Open […]

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Nova XC Challenge 2017: win a harness

Nova XC Challenge 2017: win a harness

For the third consecutive year, Nova are running an XC competition for pilots of their wings in 2017, with a brand new harness awarded to the winner of each category: Prion, Ion, Mentor, Phantom and Triton.  To take part, all you have to do is enter your flights on XContest.org, ensuring that you correctly enter your […]

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PWC Superfinal 2016: Governador Valadares 17-28 January 2017

PWC Superfinal 2016: Governador Valadares 17-28 January 2017

  The Paragliding World Cup Superfinal is in Governador Valadares, Brazil from 17-28 January 2017. 2015 superfinal winners Stefan Wyss (CH) and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville (FR) are in Brazil to defend their titles, along with current World and European champion, Honorin Hamard (FR) and a whole host of the world’s top paragliding stars. Philippe Broers is armed with his video […]

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Airfer Explorer 2 paramotor frame

Airfer Explorer 2 paramotor frame

Airfer have upgraded their Explorer paramotor frame, making it more user-friendly and more robust. It’s available in titanium or stainless steel, and can take props of up to 130cm. The frame now clicks together with a push-button system – no retaining clips or Velcro to battle with – making it simpler to use and more aerodynamic. The frame […]

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Apco Play 42 PPG tandem: new colours

Apco Play 42 PPG tandem: new colours

Apco’s Play 42 mk II tandem PPG wing has been revamped with a new top-surface design in a choice of five colours. The undersurface of the wing, which is designed for professionals as well as recreational pilots, is white, ready to take advertising logos. Apco describe the Play 42 as a safe and reliable wing that is very easy to launch […]

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Gradient Nevada 2 Light: EN B

Gradient Nevada 2 Light: EN B

Gradient have released a lightweight version of the EN-B Nevada 2, which offers a 1kg weight saving over the full-fat version and a smaller pack size. Gradient’s Nevada 2 and Nevada 2 Light are suitable for occasional and XC pilots, and Gradient say they offer good stability and glide performance with precise handling. The three-liner wing uses Gradient’s […]

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Nova Speedmax 2: PPG wing

Nova Speedmax 2: PPG wing

Nova say the Speedmax 2 is a fun and efficient high-performance paramotor wing for recreational and advanced pilots. Based on the high-B Mentor cross-country wing, they say the Speedmax 2 is fast with easy launch characteristics and forgiving flight behaviour. It has a soft-reflex profile, a flatter arc than the Mentor and a trimmer system, optimising it for motorised flying. A soft-reflex profile […]

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